Chapter 1 : Where it All Began
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August 25, 2007
The summer is ending and soon it will be another year of putting on my mask…
If only I can confine in someone the true me. The only one I have the courage to tell is Crookshank, my cat, I know pathetic. Another year of pretending being someone I’m not. Another year of putting up with ‘myself’.
Why does this year have to be the same as the last? I knew that I should tell someone who I really am, but I can’t. I’m more afraid of telling myself than telling someone else. What would Harry and Ron think of me now? Originally viewing me as the same know-it-all bookworm they meet that very first day of the school year on the Hogwarts Express. I don’t want to lose them; they are the only true friends I have. I will not be able to stand them viewing me as different and abnormal
“Hermione!” her mother screamed up to her, “Come downstairs sweet heart, you’re owl is here!”
As I wait for an escape, I will confine in you, my true dear friend. You understand me and who I truly am, more than anyone will ever know.
As I closed my diary, I take a good long look at it. The hard brown cover that looks as though it belonged to royalty, it shimmers and shines like it had just been purchased that very day, looking the same as the very first day Professor Dumbledore had given it to me, I can never forget that day. Oh how it brings back such fond memories. Before everything had happened. Before the confusion and before the layers of my mask had begun to pile up. I remembered that day like it was just yesterday. Just looking at it, my eyes began to go out of focus with the tears that were forming in them.
As I looked around the new ‘ home ‘ I would be living in for the year, so full of mystery and adventure, I could tell right at that very moment that I would always love the days spent here, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After I was all settled in my new dormitories along with the rest of my fellow Gryffindors, I remembered that I had to hurry. At the fest a tall slender woman, that I had just recently discovered to be the Transfiguration teacher, Professor McGonagall ,came up to me and informed me that the Headmasters would like to see me in his office after I got settled in.
Wondering the whole way what it might be that the Headmaster would want to be seeing me the very first day. ‘Great, how can I be in trouble already? Moms gonna kill me! I promised her this would be different…’
As I made my way down the hall ways, I look around with an awe; no matter how many time I had read about Hogwarts during the summer in ‘Hogwarts: A History’, I could not get over how beautiful the school was. No words could describe its beauty. It had fascinated me, and I looked up everything and anything I could get on the new school I was asked to join. Though I was curious on why I was asked.
I found my way to the Headmasters office quicker than I anticipated. Looking up at the large stone creature that lay in front of me, I studied every inch of it, taking in its beauty.
Unable to figure out how to enter or to find any sign of entrance, I patiently waited for a teacher to come along and show me to his office.
As I waited I tried to occupy my time to make it go along faster. Scanning the many portraits surrounding me, one in particular caught my eye; along the wall there lied a beautiful little girl with long curly locks, wearing a beautiful little sun dress surrounded by nature. In her hand there was quill and on the floor in front of her was a book, though not just any book, it looked to be a journal of some sort. As I was about to focus my eyes to get a better look, I heard a noise.
“Are you ready? “She said simply, looking down at me, being much shorter than her.
“Your will find soon enough” she turned towards the stone creature now “Chocolate Frogs” and with that the statue rose into a spiral staircase
‘That explains It’ I thought to myself, as I lookup as the stairs stop moving reveling platform at the top.
“Please come in Ms. Granger”
As I pushed the door slightly open, wondering what might lie beyond it; my eyes fell upon a large room, filled with all sorts of wondrous items.
“Please Ms. Granger, sit down” called the man that sat behind the desk, that I presumed to be Professor Dumbledore, the Headmaster.
The desk was fairly neat, besides the couple of books that were open on top of some papers that looked as though they were just being read, before my entering.
“I supposed that you are wondering why you are here, Ms Granger.”
He seamed to be amused and had a faint smile appear on his face.
Confused by his words, I look at him, still smiling. He rose from his chair and went over to the bookcase that I had been admiring just earlier.
“Greatness only started with just a quill and a piece of parchment, and that’s where your story of greatness will also begin” and with that he drew a book from the selves. Coming over towards me and handing me the book.
As I look down at the book, my eyes only focused on the features of its marvelous beauty. It was a fairly sized book that looked as though it was passed down with the ages, but still as put together as though it were brand new. It had a strong dark chocolate brown cover, designed as though it belonged to royalty. It was ageless. I flip the front cover and see my name written on it in gold cursive letters. Flipping through he pages, all were blank, just waiting for something to be written.
“Thank You” I manage to say, in no louder than a whisper
“Your welcome, now best be off now, you don’t want to be out late after curfew”
“Good Night Ms. Granger”
As I make my way down the stairs on which I came, I walked down the corridors, noticing that the picture of the little girl I saw when I arrived had disappeared
’probably at another painting I suppose’, noticing that all there was, was her book. ‘Funny, I could have sworn that the book was identical to mine’, with that I smile and make my way back to the dormitories
As I make my way down the stairs I wipe away a single tear that had fallen down my cheek. I walk into the bathroom and go towards the mirror.
Realizing that mom is still waiting in the kitchen, I look one more time into the mirror and try to put on a smile, so mom and dad don’t see. Well at least I still have my chocolate- brown eyes. I could never change those.
I look at the letter to see the Hogwarts crest on the opening. ‘yepp its Hogwarts all right’
“I can’t believe it” I say with the biggest grin on my face.
“What is it darling? What does it say?”